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exmark72

LawnSite Member
Location
jackson nj
is there a product out there spray or garnual that can be put on grass clippings and leaves to decompose them quicker
 

Runner

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Flint, Michigan
No, but there is a product that works microbially to eat up thatch accumulations due to excess clippings (not what true thatch is). It is called Ringer Restore.
 
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exmark72

LawnSite Member
Location
jackson nj
im talking about a pile of clippings and leaves from bagging my lawn
 

Runner

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Flint, Michigan
Oh! Lime helps. Keep it turned. There are probably thousands of links from Google that can tell you how to properly maintain a mulch pile. When this is done, decomposition is at it's fastest. I hope this helps.
 

topsites

LawnSite Fanatic
exmark72 said:
im talking about a pile of clippings and leaves from bagging my lawn
Yes sir, it's called Lime.

I used it last year on a pile of leaves, couple of bags on a half-decent size pile, basically I just tore a small corner out of the bag so then I poured it all over the pile, spread it by pouring it as best I could and let it go. Quick and dirty, 3 dollars/bag, I think I dumped around 10 bucks worth.
It helped the leaves decompose at least twice as fast. I mean, it still takes TIME but in the end I was pretty impressed... One of my elderly lady customers told me this trick, she's pretty smart.

Dunno about grass clippings yet, but am ready to try the Lime on that as well, I got a few piles in my backyard need taming.
 
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exmark72

LawnSite Member
Location
jackson nj
topsites did u use the peletized lime or the powder.
 

Runner

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Flint, Michigan
You'll be using the powder. The pelletized (while it would work) is mainly manufactured for easier distribution through spreaders.
 

topsites

LawnSite Fanatic
exmark72 said:
topsites did u use the peletized lime or the powder.
I always use pelletized just because I can't deal with all the dust the powder creates thou if you CAN deal with the dust, I suspect the powder would work faster. Still, I always use pelletized, I find the powder a pita, even if it's slightly cheaper it chokes me to death and gets into everything then a strong wind picks up and it's all hell breaking lose LOL
 

SproulsLawnCare

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
IN
Pile the clippings and leaves in layers with a thin layer of top soil in between layers. Layer the grass about 4 to 6 inches thick. Turn the pile with a pitch fork every few days. Nature will take care of the rest.
 
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